Patton Fuller community Hospital Network
Patton fuller community hospital is a reputable hospital, known as its strict commitment towards the proper application of the (HIPAA) rules, and its adherence to the standard norms being in practice, as well as its homogeneous business model in place that inspires lot of companies. During this paper, we are going to discuss the modality of this business system, strength points as well as the missing areas that should be improved. We also are going to describe what improvement might be adopted to enhance the relationships with outside organizations and global organizations.
Analyze the current business system in place: Who, what, when, how, and why? In a general view, Patton Fuller hospital community is constituted from several departments. The arrangement of these departments is divided in to two sections, the clinical area which encompasses the following departments: Emergency rooms (ERP’s), Operating rooms (OR’s), Pharmacy, labs, Doctor’s offices, Wards, Outpatient examining rooms, and intensive care units (ICU’s). The administrative area for its part circles the following departments: IT department, Admitting/Discharge, Facilities, Human Resources (HR’s), Finance, and hospital senior management. Among this formation of multiple departments, we can count individual section of department that remains independent in term of using different standards such as 1000BASE F, such as Radiology section. Regarding the entire network in use within the company, is a 1000BASE T, which supplies 1gigabit of Ethernet connectivity over 5 cables (CAT 6) (Hewlett-packard, 2000. Pg1). The entire hospital beneficiates from a complete power backup system with automatic cutover to a large diesel motor generator set. Individual departments have local UPS. Also, all patient data files are encrypted for storage using AES, and all access to patient data files requires identification and authentication od each user. In all radiology modalities, the DICOM standard and PACS are standard.
In a detailed view, the logical network interconnections allows us to assess the nature of the cable connection used in both areas. The administrative area are assembled via Ethernet cable connection 1000BASE T using CAT 6 cable, while the clinical area is using 1000BASE F using Ethernet single fiber mode. Both areas are related through a network bridge, allowing thus data flow between the two sections. In order to understand what sort of workstations are in use and what Operating Systems is supported within the hospital, we focused on the administrative segment to assess those elements. We discovered that the workstations in use, OS environments, wireless, data storage capacity are different since the hierarchy level. The executive management has access to all workstations, with an Apple Imac’s 2.4 GHZ, 2 GB RAM, 500 MB HD, using 2 OS defined in MAC leopard and windows XP, the cited privileges are shorten to HR’s, OPNS, finance senior manager workstations, that beneficiates from the same computer modalities, however in a less storage capacity. Other employees involved in data entry in HR, OPNS, and finance, and have a lower rank within the hospital, has a restricted data access and have a thin client computers, a HP L1706 windows OS model. On the other side of the network, we can count the peripheral 2 B&W laser printers machines, and 1 color laser printer, HP4350 and HP4200 pht. IT data center
The hospital information system (HIS) located in the IT data center, implemented in the hospital, is very interesting to learn about it, because it is in compliance with the standard norms and allows the company to having a good data flow, however there is some issues to be resolved. The (HIS) system originally made to integrate information system of the whole hospital including medical, administrative,...
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